Under-25s 'turning their backs on booze' Nearly 30% of young people in England do not drink, study finds The main reasons may be health messages getting through especially at school. However, I think other forms of entertainment may be playing a part. Someone I know asked his younger employees how they spent a weekend. Rather than go for a few beers, they'd go round to each other's houses to play games and perhaps a couple of times a month go to a club. Beer wasn't the main thing for them. I get the impression the times I have been out in recent years that there seems to be very slightly fewer young men out though I still see plenty younger lasses. Or are people telling porkies in these surveys (less likely)?